Historic Markers Across Florida

Massacre of the French-Matanzas Inlet

Marker ID: FLHM F-85
Location: 200 ft. S. of Matanzas Inlet Bridge, W. side A1A.
County: St. Johns
Coordinates: N 29° 42.657    W 081° 13.787
  29.71095    -81.22978333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


In 1565 some 300 French castaways, under Jean Ribault, were massacred here by Spaniards, crushing their attempt to occupy Florida. The French ships, sailing from Fort Caroline to attack St. Augustine, were driven ashore by a storm. At this inlet most of the survivors were put to the knife by Don Pedro Menendez. Hence it was named Matanzas, meaning Slaughters

Sponsors: in cooperation with St. Johns County Historical Commission


City: Summer Haven, FL